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TE Coby Fleener - New Orleans Saints

6-6, 247Born: 9-20-1988College: StanfordDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 27): Fleener was able to take advantage of the Falcons poor linebacker play to have his first big game as a Saint. He still made mistakes and is an inefficient player, but in this offense, when he has a larger role like he did with Willie Snead out, the boom in his boom/bust profile will make him worth starts in your fantasy league.

Week 4: at San Diego Chargers

All TE vs SD

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs OAK 56 1 6 0 0 0.6
2 at NYG 47 2 29 0 0 2.9
3 vs ATL 62 7 109 1 0 16.9
4 at SD PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
4 at SD PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
4 at SD PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs ATL (11 / 7 / 109 / 1 rec)

With Willie Snead sidelined, getting Fleener the ball took on added urgency, and he delivered for the most part. Fleener got involved in the game early, finding space in the left flat off play-action for five yards on the second play of the game. He later punctuated the long drive with a touchdown, running free in the endzone on an uncovered crosser off play-action. Fleener served as a safety valve early on the following drive, settling down in the right flat for a yard, but suffered a brutal drop on the very next play that ended a drive. Just before halftime, Fleener ran a deep seam route into wide open grass before hauling in a pass for 32 yards to set up a field-goal attempt. Fleener's next reception came early in the fourth on a shallow crosser for nine. The ball went right back in his direction on the following play, another deep seam route in which he encouragingly fought through contact to secure a 36-yard gain. Later in the period, he won against man coverage over the middle of the field to finish his promising night with a 109-yard pickup. The encouraging performance can be partly attributed to Snead's absence, but even Drew Brees acknowledged rising trust in his TE and more beneficial production should follow.

2016 Week 2 vs NYG (8 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Hoping to rebound from his disappoint debut in a Saint uniform, Fleener unfortunately picked up just where he left off.Fleener was targeted on New Orleans' first third-down of the game, and although he had a step on his man coverage and the ball was placed perfectly into his hands, it fell incomplete. Fleener ran a shallow flat route midway through the second period to record his first catch, totaling seven yards underneath the defense. The offense continued to try to involve him in the attack, but two failed incompletions in the beginning of the third period had another disappointing day written in stone. Fleener finally had a notable gain midway through the fourth quarter, crossing through the middle of the field off play-action to gain 21 yards. The 25% success rate on his targets is anything but encouraging after last week's disappoint performance, and Fleener has to be downgraded to risky TE2 status until further notice.

2016 Week 1 vs OAK (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

It was an inauspicious debut in white and gold for the free-agent acquisition to say the least, as Fleener was a distant fourth option in New Orleans' passing attack. Fleener was targeted on the opening play of the game, but did not record the catch. Concerningly, his next target did not come until early in the fourth quarter, when he was unable to execute a vertical route up the right seam, letting his defender get in front of him and bat the pass away. Fleener's first catch as a Saint, his only one of the day, came on the following possession when he served as safety valve in the middle of the field while his quarterback was under pressure. There's still reason to believe the TE spot will return production in New Orleans' offense, but the transition for Fleener certainly hasn't started without a hitch.


Latest News

Saints | Coby Fleener finally breaks out (Tue Sep 27, 12:47 AM) - New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener posted seven receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown in the Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Sept. 26. He was targeted 11 times, tied for most in the game.

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Saints | Drew Brees still confident in Coby Fleener (Fri Sep 23, 01:34 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener is off to a disappointing start in his new home and still building a rapport with QB Drew Brees. However, Brees believes as the two players begin to get more comfortable with each other and the team learns what Fleener does best versus man and zone coverage, the results will come.

Our View: Fleener has been getting open and Brees has been trying to find him, but the connection is ragged. The upside is very high if these two can click, so perhaps it's worth carrying Fleener in deeper leagues to see what happens, but his matchups the first two weeks were excellent.
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Saints | Coby Fleener off to slow start (Wed Sep 21, 12:40 AM) - New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener caught two passes for 29 yards on eight targets in Week 2, giving him three catches for 35 yards through two games. He blamed himself in post-game comments, saying he made 'three or four' mistakes and singling out a dropped pass on the team's opening drive.

Our View: Listening to the preseason drum beats about Fleener, these struggles are not a surprise. Fleener doesn't know the offense, and he clearly doesn't have strong chemistry with QB Drew Brees. It's time for fantasy owners to find other options out there (Eric Ebron, Jesse James, Trey Burton) depending on the depth of your league.
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Saints | Coby Fleener may see more time (Sat Sep 17, 07:29 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener is expected to receive more snaps in Week 2 because of the injury to TE Josh Hill (ankle). Fleener may be asked to block more during the game.

Our View: Fleener is not yet up to speed in the Saints offense. However, he's an athletic TE who can get open against LBs over the middle. We consider him a TE2 with upside in Week 2 against the Giants.
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